By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday October 13, 2021
For the second consecutive night, Stefanos Tsitsipas battled from a set right down to notch a satisfying victory, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 over hard-charging Australian Alex de Minaur. The place does he get the vitality, after 69 matches performed within the 2021 season, to maintain competing at such a excessive degree?
We requested him that very query after his victory on Wednesday and his reply was easy: “End the 12 months within the prime three.”
Tsitsipas has talked about that particular aim because the spring, and he’s effectively on observe to realize it, however to complete what he began he’ll should chase away Alexander Zverev, the participant ranked simply behind him (by 545 factors – each are within the quarterfinals at Indian Wells) within the ATP Race to Milan rankings.
That explains why Tsitsipas has put a lot into his tennis this week at Indian Wells. He has reached the quarterfinals for the primary time within the California desert and can face Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia for a spot within the final 4.
Wednesday’s match was a bodily battle that pressured the Greek to take his recreation to a really excessive degree to come back by way of.
“We each performed nice, lengthy rallies, battling from the baseline, attempting to maneuver the ball left to proper,” he mentioned. “There have been quite a lot of exchanges. It acquired actually bodily. I used to be prepared for the problem to make it bodily. I used to be prepared to go away my final breath and actually, like, go and wait and never rush it.”
Tsitsipas mentioned it took a sacrifice to get by way of.
“That took quite a lot of willpower,” he mentioned. “It is one factor mentioned and one factor achieved. I used to be prepared to remain for 3 extra hours on the court docket.”
In his post-match press convention Tsitsipas mentioned he felt grateful to have the chance to play, even through the robust occasions the place the grind of the tour can convey a participant down. A reporter requested him to elaborate and he expressed himself effectively.
“Tennis is my ardour and tennis is one thing that I at all times wished to be professionally concerned with,” he mentioned. “It is nice. Everybody has their targets and everybody has their very own aspirations of what they wish to develop into in life. Typically it might probably get tough. A lot of touring, a lot of staying in resort rooms and stuff. However there’s quite a lot of pleasure behind all of this. There’s quite a lot of thrill that comes with it.”
Rumored to be affected by a chilly this week, Tsitsipas nonetheless managed to be extraordinarily bodily towards De Minaur. He needed to be. The Aussie performed good by way of the primary two units, however misplaced management of the match when a decided Tsitsipas ran away with the second set tiebreaker. From there the 23-year-old Greek by no means was in a position to problem because the World No.3 confirmed why he’s such a troublesome cookie on the large stage.
Tsitsipas improved to 20-5 on the Masters 1000 degree and 54-15 on the season. He leads the ATP in match victories 2021, and based mostly on his efficiency tonight, many extra are doubtless coming.